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Issue 48 - September 2016

Welcome to the September 2016 edition of the Greater Nottingham Landlords' Electronic Newsletter.

Contents

  1. Housing Syrian Refugees - a Potential Opportunity?
  2. Dates for your Diary
  3. Nottingham landlord fined - Rogues being caught

Housing Syrian Refugees through the Vulnerable Person Resettlement (VPR) Programme

In Autumn 2015, the Government announced that the UK will resettle 20,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees by 2020.

The Government's Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme provides funding to cover costs of resettlement, which includes the costs of private rented accommodation at Local Housing Allowance Rates.

It is important that the Syrian Refugees can be resettled with no disadvantage to existing residents.

By offering private rented accommodation to Refugees through a multi-agency planned resettlement programme, landlords can make a huge contribution to achieving this goal, as it will mean the scarce supply of social and affordable private sector housing is not impacted upon.

The Local Authorities in the Greater Nottingham area are committed to working with Government to ensure high quality accommodation and support for Syrian Refugee arrivals. As part of this, we wish to work with private sector landlords to provide appropriate accommodation.

This newsflash has been produced to provide initial information to landlords about housing and support for Syrian Refugees.

What sorts of properties are required?

The government has set out details of the type of housing that is required for refugees.

The accommodation should be in a good state of repair

Once you register your interest in being involved in the VPR scheme, we will contact you to discuss the property in more detail and, if you wish to proceed, arrange to view the property and ensure that it meets requirements. Please note that financial support is not available for repair works to bring properties up to a reasonable standard.

The minimum requirement is that all properties accepted for use through the VPR scheme have no Category 1 hazards of the Health and Housing Safety Rating System.

The guidance relating to this is available at: http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/housing-health-and-safety-rating-system-guidance-for-landlords-and-property-related-professionals

Nottingham City Council requires that properties that are rented in the City meet the Nottingham Standard for Landlord Accreditation.

Information on the 'Nottingham Standard' is available at by contacting DASH Services on 01332 641111 or visiting the DASH Services website

The properties should be:

For more information please contact Johmn Sheil on 0115 901 3672

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